After the birth of my son I felt quite traumatised; it was a fairly straight forward birth on paper but I felt so out of control and unsupported by overstretched medical professionals that it took a while to get over that. I felt unprepared for recovering from birth, let alone a traumatic one.
I found The Daisy Foundation when my son was just shy of 6 weeks and attended Tinies, Wrigglers and what is now Cruisers with the wonderful Keeley in Hertford and Ware. I felt welcomed, remembered and seen in every single class and that is what kept me coming back term after term, and eventually inspiring me to bring the classes to my local area (I lived in North West London at the time). Training in the antenatal side of the business I decided that if it helped me have a different birth with any other children to the one I experienced with my son then it was worth it; but to give others the same benefit would be the icing on the cake.
My priority for every class, workshop, consult and session that I deliver is to make people feel seen, supported and remembered. It can make such a difference during that big personal shift that happens when you become a parent, to feel remembered and supported, to not have to tell your story again and again.
The education that I teach is amazing and wonderful, but the real difference is the support and empowerment I give to clients. It is your journey, your life and your decisions – let me help you find your way.
The phrase “but it was all worth it,” is uttered so often after a difficult birth I often find it difficult to hear, because there is a real chance that your birth did not need to happen that way. That simple phrase can come from a completely genuine feeling of gratitude, and in that case, it is simply wonderful. But often it can feel like somebody dismissing their own difficult journey because it is what you ‘should’ say when the outcome was a healthy baby. The postnatal journey is difficult enough without the guilt of feeling like you should be appreciative of a difficult experience.
All too often pregnancy, birth or the early days with baby will throw you into the unknown and it can be an anxious and stressful time. Couple that with possibly a difficult birth, or feeling alone in the absence of close by friends and family who would usually be there to help and it can be really hard. You might be feeling like you need another pair of hands – and another head to run things by as you figure things out. This is where that postnatal support of a postnatal doula comes in.
I am privileged to be able to walk alongside you as you navigate your options (or help you see your options!) and make your decisions. Everything I offer is judgement free and evidence based so that you are fully equipped to choose the right thing for you and your family.
Sometimes all it needs is a listening ear and reassurance, sometimes it needs some more research and I am happy to do both. I love learning new things and there is always something new to learn!